5 Alternatives to Popular Fast Food Options
Here we give you 5 healthier alternatives to foods we absolutely love, crave, but sometimes we find ourselves regretting eating because of the elements of unhealthiness attached to them (irrespective of their flavour).
1- Baked Veggie Fries instead of French Fries
Forget French fries and Favour roasted veggie fries.
Veggie fries can have the same crispy-yet-soft texture as traditional French fries, but they are so much healthier! Popping veggies in the oven is simple and this way you can get a variety of nutrients from baked carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes.
- Sweet potatoes – 1 lb, sliced into fries
- Olive oil – 2 Tbsp
Prep – Sweet potatoes – sliced into fries (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Place sweet potatoes on a sheet pan and then cover tightly with foil. Bake for 10 minutes on top rack.
- After sweet potatoes have steamed for 10 minutes, take them out and toss with olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt. Roast for another 10 to 15 minutes uncovered, giving them a shake midway through. When done give them another sprinkle of salt and then enjoy them dipped in a sauce.
2- Yogurt Fruit Pops instead of Ice Cream
Avoid ice cream and embrace fruity frozen yogurt or dark chocolate covered banana pops.
Ice cream is not the only way to get your frozen dessert fix. If you’re in a creamy mood, mix diced fruit into your favourite yogurt and stick it in the freezer for a couple hours. If you need a little chocolate in your life, dip bananas in melted 80% dark chocolate and pop them in the freezer.
The great thing about making your own frozen desserts is that you control the sweetness, and you can make large batches that stay good for months in the freezer.
3- Homemade Smoothies instead of Milkshakes
Run from milkshakes and into the arms of homemade smoothies. When it’s hot outside and you are craving a thick cold dessert, turn to the healthy choice of sweet fruits. But, if you’re craving a healthy smoothie that tastes more like a traditional milkshake,
This Peanut Butter Smoothie is packed with protein and nutrients while maintaining a rich and creamy sweetness:
- 1/4 cup (21 g) rolled oats
- 1 banana
- ¼ tbsp Cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp (16 g) peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) low-fat yogurt
- 5 cubes ice (omit if banana was frozen)
In a blender, pulse oats until a rough flour forms. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
4- Chocolate-Dipped Nuts instead of Candy
Instead of eating candy, munch on chocolate-dipped nuts or fruits. The main draw of candy is the texture and combo of flavors. By dipping nuts or fruit in melted dark chocolate if you are short on time!, you can get the flavours and consistencies you really enjoy while cutting out all of the unnatural ingredients pumped into all commercial candies.
If you want a crunch, dip your favourite nuts (you can always dip half-way to reduce calories!) and let them harden in the freezer. If you love chewy candies, use raisins or other dried fruits. If you can’t wait for the freezer to do its magic, simply dip fresh fruit in your warm chocolate and call it a day.
5- Fruity Sparkling Water instead of Soda
Say goodbye to soda and hello to sparkling water with fruit
. Whether you drink regular or diet sodas, they both have chemicals and dyes that are not good for the body. To get the refreshing satisfaction of a fizzy beverage, lightly crush and mix fresh fruit into sparkling water or squeeze in fruit juice for a naturally sweet drink.
When You’re Craving Fast Food
Fast food is often the first thing that comes to mind when you are stressed and want a quick and tasty meal. Unfortunately, picking up food that is fried or carb-heavy is never healthy and won’t help you slim down. When you make homemade versions instead, you can skip the deep-fryer, and use much less oil, sodium, and sugar. The great thing is that there are many quick recipes that will get healthy food on the table in no time.